Picture of My Outdoor Workshop (Minha Oficina)

Anyone who has perused my many Instructables will have noticed that they have been created on two continents: North America and South America. The "Outdoor Workshop Contest" has inspired me to share some photos of one of my bases of operation; My outdoor workshop (or "oficina") in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

First a bit about the term "oficina." In Spanish, it means what you might think; "office." But in Portuguese it has a different meaning, closer to the English word for "workshop." If your car breaks down in Brazil, you bring it to the mechanic's "oficina." (I learned this distinction the hard way when I lost my luggage once, and kept asking airport employees where the "oficina" was. They must have been thinking: "This crazy gringo just lost his luggage... What does he want a mechanic for?";-)

Over the years I've learned a few important things about getting a job done right and in a timely fashion. One is always try to use the right tool for a job when possible, and the other is that it's a lot easier to get job done when you know where all your tools and hardware are. It was this later point that led me to create my "oficina" a few years back, as I would spend more time looking for tools and hardware in various places, than actually building or fixing something. It would drive me crazy spending a half-hour looking for the right screw, only to spend more time looking for the right screwdriver!

Hence my outdoor workshop was born out of the desire to be able to store all my tools, hardware and bits and pieces in one place. It's amazing how much faster you can get things done when you don't spend time searching for a screw...

Susitna9 months ago
As an Alaskan, I really appreciate your outside the box imagination. Because I grew up in villages without stores, I learned to look at things as how to make them work. (I reused pop rivets for years before learning it was "impossible"). I hope to see more intriguing projects. Wonderful inspiration!

Nice work!

Winged Fist (author)  Robson Couto1 year ago

I am happy to announce the winner of my first "win a free 3 month subscription" contest is Robson Couto, who successfully identified parts from six different projects I have posted to Instrucatbles, all strewn about my "oficina", including:

1 - "Steampunk iPod Classic case"
2 - "Plumber's lace-curtain luminaire"
3 - "Steampunk solar night light"

4 - "Gothic gargoyle solar night light"
5 - "Decopunk USB lamp"
6 - "Duct tape tilting window screen

Parabens Robson, and I hope someday your dragon finds his flames;-)

Thank you!

You can be sure that I will really enjoy the subscription.

Congratulations for winning the Wheels Contest.

And about the dragon, I also hope that ;)

Winged Fist (author)  Robson Couto1 year ago

Obrigado senhor!

Bom trabalho amigo! É sempre bom ter um espaço organizado para trabalhar ;)

Contra mim falo, já que a minha garagem não está propriamente arrumada... mas se serve como desculpa, tenho demasiadas coisas lá a ocupar espaço! Ainda assim ocasionalmente leva uma arrumação a fundo e organização adicional... Depois volta a ficar desarrumada uns meses, durante os vários projectos! ehhe

um abraço de Portugal!

Winged Fist (author)  ruisantos101 year ago

Obrigado! Fico feliz em ver que a minha pequena oficina brasileira é agora mundialmente famosa;-)

billbillt1 year ago

A very great project.... This should be an inspiration to others to set up similar stands for repairs.... Double plus good.....

billbillt1 year ago

double plus good.....

guiq1 year ago

Parabéns pelo trabalho cara !! ficou bem legal !!

Winged Fist (author)  guiq1 year ago